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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
I finally got around to spooling up the Aspen Reels Aspen 300 mid-arbor fly reel. I lined it with Risen Fly Omega Supreme 4 weight line and will mount it on an Eagle Claw Featherlight rod. This feels like a nearly bullet proof set up that I'm really looking forward to putting to use!!
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The walk in to find a spot to fish is almost as enjoyable as the fishing itself.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
It's been a few weeks, it needs to be time to go catch some more!
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Sunday, December 10, 2017
I received an awesome package from Ireland this weekend!! As soon as I can get some decent pictures taken I'll share it with you!
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Friday, December 08, 2017
To all my friends in north Georgia and beyond, keep posting the snow pics!! I love seeing them and, honestly, I'm a bit envious. Having said that, we're to be in the low 80s today, so I am seriously thinking about going out for a paddle after work!!
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Saturday, December 02, 2017
Definitely keeping a Ty-Rite on my sling pack from now on! The flies I used on this trip weren't all that small, but it was nice to be able to hold them confidently and not worry about dropping or putting a hook point in my finger.
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Friday, December 01, 2017
I really need to learn to carry at least a Tenkara rod with me when I'm out for a hike!
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Thursday, November 30, 2017
It wasn't just location scouting and hiking last week, I did actually catch some fish,too. I caught this chubby little rainbow in a fast moving slough carved out of solid rock.
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Just a cool bit of moss hanging out on an interesting chunk of rock. I don't know my mosses, can anyone identify?
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Is there a better meal than pulled pork BBQ out of a paper box on a truck tailgate while studying a topo map?
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Saturday, November 25, 2017
When it comes to flyfishing solo, I tend to be very risk averse. I've found lots of very productive looking holes on this trip, but I won't risk my neck to get at them. As much as we all love wild trout, they aren't worth it. Stay safe out there!
Friday, November 24, 2017
Always a welcome sign! But, there were so many people in the woods today it didn't feel much like a wilderness!!
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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Throwing it back to catching little North Georgia native Brook Trout last month as I prepare to head out after them again next week!!
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
We feel incredibly fortunate to have spotted two Crested Caracara driving through the orange groves and cattle farms on our way home from the tractor show last night!! Their numbers have greatly declined since the 1960s due to habitat loss, but, thanks to state and federal Fish and Wildlife departments, their numbers are improving. They are striking looking raptors, we're so glad we got to see them!!! This is a royalty free stock photo, I couldn't get a picture myself.
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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Starting to get things together for a trip to North Carolina. Looking forward to fishing the NC Fly Fishing Trail!
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Saturday, November 04, 2017
We took a ride down to Titusville this morning so we could check out Flounder Creek Outfitters! The owner, Nick (great name!) wasn't in, but I got to visit with his mom for a bit. A great shop that carries in-house tied flies, more tying materials than you could shake a hook at and a wealth of local knowledge! Check them out if you're in the area!!
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What's the secret to tiny trout on ultralight gear in skinny streams? Leave no riffle unfished!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
"As a true sportsman, I pledge to never litter and to avoid trespassing on private lands. I will respect the rights of property owners, and always leave the streams in better condition than I found them." -- NC Fly Fishing Trail Pledge
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Monday, October 30, 2017
Cool, clear mornings make us long for dirt roads and bluelines!!
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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Tying up some flies for a trip next month. I need to order some more hooks and materials! I think I might go with a bulk hook assortment, instead of the expensive little packets. Any thoughts or experiences?
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Friday, October 27, 2017
Wet wading with the Korkers K5 Bombers! These boots grip so well I think sometimes I'm a little too confident! But, I do love the feeling of cool water flowing past my feet!!
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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Looks like a fishy spot, right?
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
I don't know if it's the wood smoke, the cast iron or the fresh mountain air, but food always seems to taste better in camp!
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Shaken, not stirred! --- I'm curious about dry fly floatant. What's your preferred method, style or brand?
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Monday, October 23, 2017
Still going through the pictures from my last trip. I'm ready to go back!
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Sunday, October 22, 2017
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Saturday, October 21, 2017
The fall color was just beginning to show in the mountains last week!
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Friday, October 20, 2017
Some people have their head in the clouds, I prefer the rhododendron!
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Thursday, October 19, 2017
The DrinkTank did a fantastic job of protecting my Tomoka Brewery Lunar Eclipse Stout while I was camping in the mountains!!
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tiny dry flies and bamboo fly rods sure are hard to beat!
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Barrie Mann led the MCFF Fly Tyers group tonight in tying his Simple Bunny redfish fly. Very easy fly to tie, no reason not to keep a dozen on hand!! Mid-Coast Fly Fishers in New Smyrna Beach meetings are second Mondays, tying nights are third Mondays.
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Monday, October 16, 2017
I like to lay out and double check everything before hitting the water.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Friday, October 06, 2017
I met some of the guys from Fair Flies at this year's IFTD Show and they were kind enough to send me some samples of their awesome Ethically Sourced fly brushes. I feel bad that it's taken me this long to try them, but I received the package just before we evacuated from Hurricane Irma and I haven't spent much time at the vice since then. I'm tying up some flies for my trip next week and finally get to play with the brushes. These things are incredible!! These are some of the thickest packed brushes I've used, there's a ton of dubbing, crystal, tinsel and even rubber legs in these things!! But, even with all that material they're still flexible and wrap really well. I can't wait to see their action in the water!! Check out their story, FairFlies are doing good things!!
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Still more than half a week away, but I'm already counting down the hours until I'm back, knee-deep in cold water waving a stick in the air! Find me at the Orvis Down The Hatch show in Alpharetta, I'll have stickers with me!
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Monday, October 02, 2017
Planning a trip to the mountains. Debating if I should revisit my old fishing holes or find some new ones. What would you do?
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The fly from last night's Mid-Coast Fly Fisher's tying meeting was an all-species fly from the pacific north west called the Nomad. Originally a trout fly, but scaled up and taught by member Carl Sanders to work in the warm, Florida saltwater. Definitely one to tie in various sizes!
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Sunday, September 17, 2017
I met some of the folks from DrinkTanks at the ICAST and IFTD Show this year. They were nice enough to send us a couple of their stainless cups and a 64 oz DrinkTank with the Keg Cap kit. Haven't had a chance to fill it with beer yet, but they got a lot of coffee use when we evacuated for Hurricane Irma!! So far we're loving them!! Look for a First Cast on the YouTube channel real soon and a long term review on TheSuburbanAngler.com after some hard use! Thanks @drinktanks !! . #DrinkTanks #coffeecups #growler #KegCap #EvacuationSupplies #beer #coffee #review #FirstCast #flygear #flyfishing #flyfishinglifestyle #LoveThatTheyreDishwasherSafe
I met some of the folks from DrinkTanks at the ICAST and IFTD Show this year. They were nice enough to send us a couple of their stainless cups and a 64 oz DrinkTank with the Keg Cap kit. Haven't had a chance to fill it with beer yet, but they got a lot of coffee use when we evacuated for Hurricane Irma!! So far we're loving them!! Look for a First Cast on the YouTube channel real soon and a long term review on TheSuburbanAngler.com after some hard use! Thanks DrinkTanks !!
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
#TBT or peek into the near future? Catching small North Georgia brookies with a Brookie!
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Last night's fly tying at Oyster Creek Outfitters followed a casting demo and both were specific to techniques for fishing redfish in the coming flood tides!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Almost glass smooth water at the boat ramp yesterday.
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Monday, August 28, 2017
Throwing a gurgler at the incoming tide for today's Lunch Break Casting Practice!
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
At last night's MCFF meeting we tied up some "Baby Tarpon" flies. A pretty easy fly to tie, but proper technique was important in several steps!!
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Monday, August 21, 2017
We had our first ride on the St. John's River Ferry this weekend! There is no bridge over the river for A1A and the ferry keeps you from having to drive to Jacksonville and getting on I-295. Only a 5 minute ride, but we enjoyed it. And, it's part of the National Parks system, so we got to check off another park. They don't let you fish, though. I asked.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017
Sticker Sighting!! Repost from @simpson941, one of the winners of the 2017 The Suburban Angler annual giveaway, as he's cranking out some wooly buggers! Thanks buddy!!
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Saturday, August 19, 2017
Hanging out at the Flood Tide Festival at Black Fly Outfitter in Jacksonville today! Fly gear, BBQ, beer and friends! Say hi if you run into us!!
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Last night's Mid-Coast Fly Fishers meeting was all about knots! Capt. Emmet lead the group in tying several knots in cord before moving to mono, and by the end of the evening everyone had a hand-tied, tapered leader! Clubs like MCFF offer the opportunity to polish your skills or learn some new ones! . #MCFF #MidCoastFlyFishers #FFIChapter #FlyFishersInternational #CaptEmmet #KnottedLeader #AlbrightKnot #flyfishing #club #FlyfishFL #FishFlorida #flyfishinglifestyle
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Sunday, August 13, 2017
I thought I'd start off the series of AFFTA IFTD 2017 posts with a recap of Demo Day. IFTD Demo Day is an event where members of the media are invited to the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando before the opening of the IFTD Show and given the opportunity to talk with some manufacturers and use their new products on the water, under real conditions with a rep's (or in some cases, the designer's(!!!)) coaching and input. It really is an incredible opportunity that I very much enjoy.
The setup was a little different this year in that all of the participating manufacturers were lined up along one long pond, which really made it easier to get to all the booths and make sure there was time to try all the new toys. And, I don't want you to think that this was like casting into a 2-inch deep pool like the indoor casting ponds at various fly fishing events. No, the water hazards of the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes golf course are trophy managed bass ponds. Certainly not easy ponds to fish, but if you are lucky enough to hook up it's with a largemouth bass worthy of the latest and greatest products being tested.
Unfortunately, I was skunked. But, I was skunked using some of the most advanced fly fishing products to date. And I had a hell of a time doing it and can't wait until Demo Day 2018! Follow along with the photos below. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of them. And be on the lookout for the next article in the IFTD 2017 series very soon.
I hope you're all doing well,
|IFTD 2017 Demo Day 7am at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida|
|The J.W. Marriott Hotel at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes Golf Course, Orlando, Florida|
|Hardy Fly Fishing let me cast one of their new Zephrus Ultralight Series rods in 9' 5-weight with one of their classic Bougle reels. This setup was designed for delicate presentations and was a pleasure to cast!|
|The new Salt HD from Sage Fly Fishing has a very soft, smooth cast and the KonneticHD technology helps put the power on for the quick casts that sight fishing saltwater fish requires.|
|I had the opportunity to cast the new Waterworks-Lamson Center Axis rod and reel side-by-side with an identically outfitted conventional fly rod and reel and the difference was quite astounding!|
|At the Scientific Anglers station I got to cast their new Bonefish line on an Orvis Helios 3 rod. This combination made for near effortless casting of this 8 weight! I'd really like to spend some more time fishing with this setup!|
|We weren't the only ones fishing at the Ritz-Carlton!|
|I spent some time talking with Nick (good name!) from Simms Fishing in front of the Simms Bus. As a Large Outdoorsman myself, I was very happy to hear the Simms has starting increasing the sizes available on some of their more popular lines.|
|The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes is a beautiful venue for the AFFTA IFTD Demo Day. They hotel even provided drift boats and guides to help put attendees on fish!|